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West Africa is an area plagued by a decade+ long civil war, desperate poverty, and widespread disease. But it is also an area filled with some of the most resilient people you will ever meet. The people of West Africa may practice Isalm or Christianity on the surface, but underneath, tribal culture and tribal religions run deep. An entire generation came to age during years of violent civil war leaving them lacking in education and job skills. Understandably, their instinct is to do whatever’s needed simply to survive. The Ebola outbreak running from spring 2014 to the end of 2015 ravaged an already devastated area. But Water of Life knows with God all things are possible, and we are seeing vast improvements in an area thirsty for good news.  Most of our work takes place in Sierra Leone and Liberia, but just like God’s love, tribal villages don’t always follow political boundaries - so we sometimes find ourselves crossing into Guinea to serve villages in need.

Water of Life has partnered with Pastor Alphonso Barry with Africa for Jesus in Sierra Leone and Dennis Aggrey with the Christian Revival Church Association in Liberia to build the trust within unreached villages to share the love of Christ through the gift of clean water. They both will tell you, providing a village with life-giving water is the quickest way to open doors that were previously closed to share the Gospel.

Your donation will go to bring fresh water to thirsty villages in desperate need of it, and support Water of Life's pastor partners to bring the hope that lies in Jesus Christ wherever hope is needed.

Suggested Donations

Gives clean water to an entire village by drilling a new water well $3,500 Donate
Gives clean water to 200 people $1,000 Donate
Gives clean water to 100 people $500 Donate
Provides the fuel needed to drill one water well $250 Donate
Gives clean water to 20 people $100 Donate
Provides pastor training and evangelism resources $50 Donate
Gives clean water to 5 people $25 Donate

Update from 8/23/2017

God continues to prove how wide His love reaches. The Masoko village in Sierra Leone struggled daily for clean water. Health workers regularly had to visit this village to combat outbreaks of diarrhea. Drilling the new water well made an impact, but sharing the Gospel has made an even bigger one. Pa Yamba Thallay founded this village and was a commanding a platoon of the local militia fighting during the Civil War. As a chief in the traditionalist poro society, he has said he has the power to disappear and appear - an ability he used to conquer the rebels during the war. However, Jesus continues to change everything. Pa Yamba Thallay heard the good news of Christ, accepted the gospel with his entire family, and lead the way for 32 members in his village to be baptized. Thank you for your support in making this happen and praise God!

Update from 7/26/2017

Boy's Town Community, Liberia was founded in 1969 by a group of boys who decided to open an eight room dormitory for people of their ages along the highway leading to the airport. This community has grown from the small group of boys to over 600 people. However, there was still not a good source of water in the community. Most often, people would cross the main highway headed to the airport to collect water. Many of their children have died from being struck by cars along the road. Also, many were drinking from an open well which was filled with rusty nails and old clothing. Last month, Water of Life came to this village and drilled a new bore well. This community has literally gone from death to life by no longer having to cross a busy highway or drink from a polluted well. During the dedication ceremony, the community chairperson remarked, "We give God the glory for Water of Life to come and save our lives from these health hazards."

Update from 7/19/2017

The drilling of the new well at Malamina Village by the Water of Life team has brought new hope and joy to the people. The them, setting up the drill and watching the drilling process was fun for them because they had never seen anything like it before. What amazed them most was The Jesus Film when they heard Jesus talking in their native Sherbro language. They because interested in learning more about Jesus, and 28 of them dedicated their lives to Christ. The completion of the well brought additional joy to the village. The village head remarked, "We were condemning the Christians and their prophet, but look what He has done for us without spending our money. Today I declared that even if you don't serve their God, you must not talk again Him because he is a good God." A prayer meeting and Bible study was held, and the head of the village decided to give his life to Jesus.

Update from 7/5/2017

A new well was given to the Kpademai Public School in Lofa County, Liberia. Prior to this, the students collected their drinking water from a creek. During the rainy season, this creek would become very dirty and cause many students to fall ill. Jerry Kpadeh, 5th grade said, "We the students of this school are grateful to God for allowing Water of Life to release us from unsafe drinking water problems." Thank you for helping to make this well possible, and praise be to God!

Update from 6/28/2017

We've moved! Please update your records with our new office address: Water of Life 306A West Poinsett Street Greer, SC 29650 Thank you so much for your support and feel free to stop by if you are in the area!

Update from 5/30/2017

The people of the Madonkeh community in Sierra Leone used to get their water to drink, wash, and launder from a hand dug well believed to have been as old as the community itself. The initial purpose of this well was to have enough water to process the palm oil made here. But as the population of the village grew, this well's water became insufficient for the entire village. As a result, many women and children had to travel to Malaisoko and other nearby villages to fetch water. The drilling of the new well by the Water of Life team has brought new hope and joy to the hearts of the Madonkeh people. In fact, Pa Kabiru, who was the mouthpiece of their village deity, was attracted to The Jesus Film being shown close to his home. He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. This acceptance was a breakthrough in this village as many came to accept Jesus for themselves saying "if the mouth piece of our gods could accept another God, then we too will accept that God." Their joy was complete when they saw water gushing out from the new well. The day of celebration became great when everyone big and small came to taste the water.

Update from 5/8/2017

We say it all the time that water is only our method. Sharing the Gospel is our mission. This well report coming out of Liberia gets that: Spiritually, this community has many churches that are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to its people. God is working in the community to wake His people up to the true meaning of things and the priority of reaching our world for the sake of Jesus Christ. When they produce tools for the sake of spreading the gospel, they make them available in their churches. Rather than charging for their work, they recognize that everything belongs to God and His kingdom is furthered when others gain access to these tools. As God moves in His people's hearts, we stand ready to give away everything that God has taught us in Liberia.

Update from 5/3/2017

The people of Samaya Community in Sierra Leone got their water for domestic use and other purposes from a small stream running down to the river from the valley. In the dry season, the water got dry and can no longer run. It is only fit now to do laundry and to make bricks to construct their houses. The women and their children had to use canoes to cross over to the villages to fetch water, and so many had drowned as result. The children also find it very difficult to go school regularly and punctually. The drilling of the new well by the Water Of Life team at the Centre of Samaya community has brought joy, hope and relief for the people. It has also saved their wives and children from drowning. Pastor Malador who has a home cell at the village has also decided to stop crossing to Samaya to preach but to make his residence and stay where scores of the people have accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ as a result of the newly drilled well and the impact the Jesus film showed by the Water of Life team. They are currently worshiping at the community hut (Chief’s Court) but arrangements are being made to erect a structure for worship.

Update from 4/26/2017

After rehabilitating the hand pump, the Water of Life team offered this prayer with the community of Four Houses Community/Duport Road in Liberia: O Lord Jesus, I pray for your help in my examinations. Give me the health and strength to work as hard as the task facing me requires. Remove my fears and worries that I may face my work with calmness. And after I put in my best studies, bless my efforts with success for your greater honor and glory. Praise be to God for the 635 people in this community who now have the gift of clean water.

Update from 4/10/2017

1000 people in the Mafaynkray Community of Sierra Leone were given clean water earlier this week. Here's their story: Prior to Water of Life drilling a new bore well in this community, the inhabitants of Mafaynkray village got their water from a stream flowing across three villages for use at home and other domestic purposes. By this stream stood the tradition sites (shrines) of these villages and all their ritual practices including the shedding of animal blood was done close to this stream. In the dries, this stream is contaminated with blood and other ritual particle which makes the water unfit for use. As a result, the people of Mafaynkray has to travel approximately two and half miles to get clean water or exchange their agricultural produce for water. What impact Christ has made on this village you might ask? The drilling of the new well by the Water Of Life team has brought new hope and joy to the people. Pastor Kondibu came into this traditionaal community two years before the drilling of the well has some, converts who were zealous youths and women. They stood behind the Pastor to ensure that the fellowship starts. These converts together with their Pastor were against the use of this stream for gathering water because of the use of this stream for ritual or traditional practices. They had to contact our leader and explained the importance of having a well in this community that they say will serve as a strategy for soul winning. The well was drilled, the Jesus film showed and Pastor Kondibu told the people that it was Jesus who gave the well to them. Scores of people has accepted Jesus and the church is growing.

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